Residents (PO)

Aaron J. Leshikar, DPM

PGY-3

Hometown:  Spring, TX
Undergraduate:  Southwest Texas State University
Podiatry School:  Kent State University - College of Podiatric Medicine, Independence, OH

Dr. Leshikar was born and raised in Texas. He lived in his hometown until he graduated high school and then moved to Austin, TX for college. He was a dual sport college athlete playing basketball and soccer. He received a B.A. in Political Science and International Business. It was many years after graduation, that he met his future wife, who supported his decision to make a career change. So he quit his job, went back to school for an associates in biology, and started a new job as a rehab/wound Care tech at a local hospital.

During his time as a wound care technician, he met a podiatrist that specialized in limb salvage/wound care and immediately knew that podiatric medicine was the career path he wanted to pursue. After completing four years of medical school in Ohio, he chose to head to the Midwest, where he knew St. Vincent Hospital would give him the greatest opportunity to be challenged and grow professionally.

In the field of medicine, Dr. Leshikar enjoys the areas of: infectious disease, wound care, rearfoot/ankle trauma and limb salvage.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Justine and his children, Charlotte, Cora, Celine and James. If he has any other free time on the weekends, he loves playing golf, basketball and tennis.


 

Lauren Kompier, DPM

PGY-3

Hometown:  Wayland, Michigan
Undergraduate:  Ferris State University
Podiatry School:Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Lauren Kompier was raised in Wayland a small town in southwestern Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University.

During her undergraduate years Dr. Kompier began to shadow podiatrists in her area following a suggestion from her academic advisor.

Once she saw how podiatry encompassed many different aspects of medicine in one specialty, she decided to attend the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Kompier enjoys all aspects of podiatric medicine especially wound care, diabetic foot care, trauma and foot and ankle surgery.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time with family and friends.


 

Rachel Chhiba

PGY-3

Hometown:  Anderson, Indiana
Undergraduate:  Indiana University
Podiatry School:  Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, Miami, Florida

Dr. Rachel Chhiba grew up in Anderson, Indiana.

She attended the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Indiana University. Upon graduating, Dr. Chhiba worked as a pharmacy technician and research assistant when a family member’s foot injury led her to pursue a career in podiatric medicine.

Her interest in podiatry furthered upon shadowing two area podiatrists and she later became a graduate of Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Chhiba enjoys all areas of podiatric medicine with an increased interest in sports medicine, wound care, and foot and ankle surgery. She chose the St. Vincent Hospital Residency Program as it incorporates all these characteristics and expresses an opportunity to learn from highly trained physicians in both podiatry and general medicine.

Aside from podiatry, Dr. Chhiba enjoys attending sporting events and concerts, traveling, and ultimately is very excited to be back in Indiana making it easier to spend time with her husband and family.


 

Maliha Khan, DPM

PGY-2

Hometown:Chicago, IL
Undergraduate:Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
Podiatry School:Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, IL

Dr. Khan was born in India and move to Chicago with her family at the age of 14. She completed her high school education in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Dr. Khan received her undergraduate degree from Benedictine University, Lisle, IL and her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, IL in May, 2015.

While at Scholl, Maliha served as a Vice-President, on the Board of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Student Association (IPMSA).

Maliha chose podiatry because she loves surgery and wound care. It’s all about healing the patient.

She also enjoys cake baking from scratch.


 

Shrunjay Patel

PGY-2

Hometown:Toronto, Canada
Undergraduate:York University, Toronto, Canada
Podiatry School:Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, IL

Dr. Patel was born in India and moved to Canada with his family when he was 14. He completed his high school in Toronto and played Cricket during his tenure at the high school. At York University, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Medical Sciences and continued to play cricket for the college.

During college, he shadowed physicians of different specialties and volunteered in ED at a local hospital. While rotating through a podiatry clinic in Toronto, he became fascinated with multifaceted approach in treating various lower extremity conditions and decided to pursue a career in podiatry.

He attended Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, IL to study podiatric medicine. He chose St. Vincent Hospital to obtain thorough training in podiatric medicine and surgery. He is confident that this residency program will provide him with ample opportunities to learn from physicians from all aspects of medicine and surgery.

Dr. Patel enjoys all aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery with an emphasis on wound care, trauma, sports medicine, and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. In his free time, Dr. Patel likes to work out, play table tennis, travel and attend sporting events.


 

Sarah Standish, DPM

PGY-2

Hometown: Washington, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: Westminster College
Master of Science: Chatham University
Podiatry School: New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Dr. Standish is from Washington, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate coursework at Westminster College, where she studied biology and chemistry. She then went on to obtain a M.S. degree at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Her family opened a small nursing home when she was a young girl. Through regular interaction with patients and their ambulatory ailments, Dr. Standish gained a great appreciation for biomechanics and the impact that mobility has on physical and mental health. Although always an avid student of the sciences, it was ultimately her experiences in elderly care that led her to explore podiatric medicine. She attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Harlem, New York where she earned a doctoral degree.

Dr. Standish is very excited to be a part of the St. Vincent’s Residency Program. She enjoys many aspects of podiatric medicine and patient care. Additionally she enjoys singing, painting, hiking, and theater.


 

Wendy A. Goldstein, DPM

PGY-1

Hometown:Louisville, Kentucky
Undergraduate:University of Pittsburgh
Podiatry School:Kent State college of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Goldstein is from Louisville, Kentucky. Her father is a podiatrist, and she grew up working in his office and going on nursing home calls. That's where she found her love of podiatry and healthcare, and decided to literally follow in her father’s footsteps.

She completed her undergraduate studies with a bachelor of arts in Film Studies and a minor in Chemistry from University of Pittsburgh. While in school, she pursued her love of sports medicine by working at a New Balance store for four years, while gaining appreciation for biomechanics and other podiatric ailments. She attended the Kent State college of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio where she earned a doctoral degree.

Dr. Goldstein is very excited to be closer to where she grew up and be a part of the St. Vincent Residency Program. She loves podiatric medicine, especially sports medicine and wound care. She also enjoys, photography, cinema, going to the dog parks with her dog, and traveling.


 

Kyle Kirchner, DPM

PGY-1

Hometown:Frankfort, Illinois
Undergraduate:Southern Illinois University
Podiatry School:Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, IL

I am from Frankfort, Illinois. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s of Science degree in 2012. I am a graduate in the class of 2016 from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University.

I enjoy fishing, hockey, snowboarding and watching college sports. My family raised me as a Chicago Blackhawks and Bears fan.

I am a quadruplet, with three sisters, two of which are in the medical field as well.


 

Shannon R. Michael, DPM

PGY-1

Hometown: Coppell, TX
Undergraduate: Oklahoma State University
Podiatry School: Des Moines University

Dr. Shannon Michael was born and raised in the city of Coppell, a thriving suburb of Dallas, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University in Physiology with a Pre-Med emphasis. Dr. Michael’s interest in podiatry was originally sparked while volunteering at a summer camp for children with Spina Bifida. These children had varying degrees of deformities, hip, knee, foot, and scoliosis; many were wheelchair bound. While carefully monitoring these children’s lower extremities, Dr. Michael also shared the camper’s joyful discoveries of outdoor life, camping and even riding a horse. After this experience, Dr. Michael’s interest in podiatry and the treatment of lower extremity injuries and pathologies grew.

Ultimately, Dr. Michael received her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 2016 from Des Moines University. This was the culmination of four years immersion in podiatry through the printed word, hands on lab work, as well as, experience working side by side with innovative podiatrists across the country.

These professionals used traditional, as well as, advanced surgical procedures that were definitely on the cutting edge of podiatry. The diversity of patients and their ailments made each day an exciting opportunity for learning. During her time at Des Moines University, Dr. Michael was an active member of many professional organizations such as the Student Chapter of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (SCACFAS), American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM), and the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.

Outside of work Dr. Michael enjoys attending concerts and sporting events.